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Oracle introduces Oracle Communications Unified Inventory Management

November 6, 2007

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DALLAS -- Oracle today introduced OracleÒ Communications Unified Inventory Management, a new standards-based inventory management application that will provide communications service providers with a real-time, unified view of customer, service and resource inventory. This new application will enable service providers to rapidly introduce and deliver customer-centric, next-generation services; improve the financial control and compliance related to their infrastructures; and deploy and manage network resources in an optimized, cost-effective manner.

“As operators deliver next-generation IP services across an expanding number of channels, they require a unified customer view across all services, as well as underlying network and IT resources,” said Bhaskar Gorti, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Communications. “Oracle Communications Unified Inventory Management will offer service providers a lower-risk and highly efficient solution to deliver customer-centric, next-generation services and is yet further evidence of Oracle’s strategy to provide the communications industry’s most complete, modern and standards-based suite of integrated applications.”

Meeting Customer Needs for Unified Inventory Management

Communications service providers traditionally use a variety of inventory management systems to manage physical (e.g., switches, routers, fibers, racks, etc.) and logical (e.g., phone numbers, IP addresses, etc.) resources across their various services. Today, many service providers have multiple inventory sources to support a number of business processes, including network engineering, service fulfillment and financial management – resulting in data inaccuracy and inconsistency across potentially disparate systems. As service providers deliver increasingly bundled services over a converging network, such siloed inventory systems are an impediment to both rapid service delivery and integrated network management Oracle Communications Unified Inventory Management allows service providers to access a unified view of customer, service and network asset data through integration without forcing system consolidation or jeopardizing data integrity. Furthermore, the application provides significant modularity and flexibility, allowing service providers to deploy it to support specific business challenges (such as those involved in next-generation services) or across their entire network and service portfolio.

As the industry continues to evolve to include non-traditional providers, a host of new IP-based services – such as instant-messaging and video chat – require increased personalization. Traditional network-focused inventory management systems provide a view of network assets without accurately or flexibly relating them to specific customers or services. Oracle Communications Unified Inventory Management is a customer-centric inventory management system that provides visibility into how each customer consumes resources across multiple services and networks.

Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL)

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